Hi! I'm new to UBUNTU!

Maurice McCarthy manselton at gmail.com
Fri Jun 4 19:26:02 UTC 2010

On 4 June 2010 19:56, Calcpage <calcpage at aol.com> wrote:
> I have resolved myself to downloading *.deb files and figuring out the
> dependencies the hard way.  Is there some trick to this to make it
> easier to get all the dependencies by hand when  aptitude is broken?
> I tried something simple like bzflag wirhout a problem, but sun-java6-
> jre is way too complicated!


Resolving dependencies by hand is extremely laborious, tedious and
error prone. So yes there have been tools made to overcome this
problem. You'll need to have an amd64 (or computer similar to the
school machines) with proper internet access and ubuntu installed to
get all the downloads. Simplest then is to install aptoncd on the
access machine.  burn that cd and take it to school. Sources.list at
school will then have to be modified by deleting all urls and using
the cd (or dvd).

The traditional debian tool for this apt-zip.

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$ aptitude show apt-zip
Package: apt-zip
State: not installed
Version: 0.18
Priority: extra
Section: universe/admin
Maintainer: Ubuntu MOTU Developers <ubuntu-motu at lists.ubuntu.com>
Uncompressed Size: 131k
Depends: apt (>= 0.7.7)
Description: Update a non-networked computer using apt and removable media
 These scripts simplify the process of using dselect and apt on a non-networked
 Debian box, using removable media like ZIP floppies and USB keys. One generates
 a `fetch' script (supporting backends such as wget and lftp, in a modular,
 extensible way) to be run on a host with better connectivity, check space
 constraints of your removable media, and then install the package on your
 Debian box.
Homepage: http://alioth.debian.org/projects/apt-zip

$ aptitude show aptoncd
Package: aptoncd
State: installed
Automatically installed: no
Version: 0.1.98+bzr115-0ubuntu1
Priority: optional
Section: universe/admin
Maintainer: Ubuntu Developers <ubuntu-devel-discuss at lists.ubuntu.com>
Uncompressed Size: 2,007k
Depends: python (< 2.7), python (>= 2.6), python-central (>= 0.6.11), python2.6,
         libgnomevfs2-0, genisoimage, apt-utils, synaptic (>= 0.57.7),
         python-gnome2, python-apt, python-glade2, python-dbus, lsb-release,
         gksu, python-gtk2, gnome-icon-theme
Recommends: k3b | brasero, yelp
Suggests: update-notifier, gdebi
Description: Installation disc creator for packages downloaded via APT
 APT removable repository creator and package backup tool for Debian based

 This tool will allow you to create a media (CD or DVD) to use to install
 software via APT in a non-connected machine, as well upgrade and install the
 same set of softwares in several machines with no need to re-download the
 packages again.
Homepage: http://aptoncd.sourceforge.net
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Hope this works for you.

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